I’m honesty not very good at either, but they seem to be the way of the world.
Reflecting on six months out of work (again).
There are times when following process and procedure during recruitment makes you forget about the person at the other end. Here’s a couple of examples.
I’d probably do much more if I didn’t have to work for a living…
What happens to organisations when long-serving employees step down?
A year of unemployment. How’s that working out now?
Why the travel industry hasn’t kept up with our working lives.
Well… no. Because it’s not me, it’s you.
It doesn’t always mean what you think it does.
In the future we were supposed to have more free time. And yet…
How long should the recruitment process last?
Something to take some of the effort out of applying for jobs.
I’ve been voluntarily redundant for half a year. How’s that going?
The final rail station project I was working on before leaving WYCA is now open.
Communications professionals have to deliver on time. Other professionals… not so much, it seems.
Thoughts on the right, wrong and most-timely ways to let an applicant down.
Two open – just the one to go now.
Yesterday we heard the sad news that Phil Sayer had died of cancer, at the still-young age of 62.
He was known as one of the voices of the Underground alongside his wife, Elinor Hamilton; but he was also the voice you heard at several rail stations across the country, which is how I met him. Metro (as was) had worked with Northern Rail (as was) to upgrade the information systems at stations in West Yorkshire, including new screens and announcements.
Phil – being Phil, and an old hand at such things by now – asked for a loudhailer, then walked up and down the platforms at Bradford Interchange doing the announcements live. The story – with photo – is still available on the Telegraph & Argus web site.
We were taking our first steps into making our own videos at Metro but I’d been doing post-match interviews with Leeds Carnegie Ladies for a while so, after everyone had left, I sat with Phil and asked him a few questions. As this was a test it never saw the light of day, it was just me holding the camera and asking the questions (and trying to ignore the train next to us as it departed). No directional microphone, no tripod, done straight to camera. One take. Professional. He’ll be missed.
The end of a busy month concludes with the opening of Leeds Station Southern Entrance. So what have we learned?
We’re very short on new / owned images of south Leeds for the A3 leaflet to go with the opening of the new Leeds Station Southern Entrance in January. So I’ve been out and about this morning. I don’t really do ‘arty’ but this would be a good Desktop photo…